3 Ways You Can Improve Safety in the Patient Care Experience

Posted by Brenda Aubin on January 6, 2016

A recently released report from an expert panel convened by the National Patient Safety Foundation suggests there is still much work to be done to make hospitals safer for patients. It’s true. Despite advancements over the past 15 years, incidence rates for blood clots, decubiti, falls and other avoidable infections and complications are still too common.

This reality is a growing problem for those who aspire to deliver the highest quality patient care experience possible. It creates challenges in patient satisfaction and care outcomes. Increasingly, it also directly hits the bottom line.

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Topics: Patient Safety

Where Did Idea Of The Smart Patient Room Get Its Start?

Posted by David Condra, Founder on October 8, 2015

The promise of medical devices communicating seamlessly with a patient’s EMR and other systems in a Smart Patient Room would vastly improve the patient experience and the quality of care. How can we follow through on this promise? What challenges lie ahead? To get a clearer look at those obstacles ahead, let’s look at the obstacles we’ve already crossed and consider when the concept of the Smart Room began.

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Topics: Patient Safety

Introducing: The Smart(er) Patient Room Of The Future

Posted by David Condra, Founder on October 1, 2015

The Smart Patient Room of the Future has been talked about for more than a decade now, but we’ve really not made all that much progress as an industry in moving toward this vision.  What’s holding us back? How will we get there?

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Topics: Patient Safety

Healthcare Technology Offers Promise for Improving Patient Care

Posted by Karen Stone on September 11, 2015

 

A recent article in Healthcare IT News offers a glimpse of the great possibility that exists for healthcare technology to propel patient care forward in amazing ways. 18 Health Technologies Poised for Big Growth summarizes and analyzes data from HIMSS Analytics' hospital database. That database “keeps tabs on all manner of IT products, and its list of the tools with biggest positive growth potential points to where the market will be heading in the coming years.” The 18 technologies discussed are those which have seen “growth of 4 percent to 10 percent since 2010 – but have yet to be adopted by more than 70 percent of hospitals.” This is a great way to analyze the data since it shows exactly what the potential for adoption is.

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Topics: Patient Safety

Three Ways to Improve Patient Safety and Contain Costs

Posted by Brenda Aubin on March 31, 2015

By the very name, it is clear that “never” events should not occur. But they do. For the last decade-plus, never events have been a focus for healthcare facilities and accrediting agencies. An aging U.S. population—and its increased use of healthcare—could drive continued growth of some of the most frequent never events that affect this age group.

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Wrong Cost Cutting Measures May Hurt Quality of Patient Care

Posted by Frank Grant, President & CEO on March 17, 2015

The newspaper headlines of recent years tell quite a story: 1,500 layoffs here, 700 layoffs there, another 200 here.

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Topics: Blog, Patient Safety

Botched Hand-Offs - A Serious Threat to Patient Safety

Posted by Brenda Aubin on March 6, 2015

It’s not often that the old “telephone game” is referenced in scientific research about improving patient safety. But that’s how one researcher described the standard hand-off practices at many healthcare facilities. You know the scenario: one person tells one person, who then tells another. The difference in how the story morphs through each telling is often humorous when children play the game. But when hospitals allow vital communications to become rife with errors, lives are at stake.

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Technological Advances, Patient-centered Care To Reduce Hospital Falls

Posted by Noble Sidekick on February 26, 2013

Needing Better Technology for Unintentional Injuries

By David Condra
Amplion Clinical Communications

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Topics: News & Events, Patient Safety

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